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      Floral shops 'blooming' with Mother's day business

      Floral arrangements that are ready for customer pick-up. / Lisa Edge

      A t King's Florist in Socastee, workers began putting together arrangements at 5:00 a.m Saturday morning and will work well into the night. Shop owner Donald King describes the work as "no girlie job, it's hard work."

      I n the last few days King says he and his team have already filled 1,500 orders for Mother's Day. "Everybody loves their mother. They may not have a girlfriend or wife at Valentine's Day but they always have a mother and they want their mom to have something special."

      K ing says the economy is picking up again so he's seeing customers spend money on flowers which is considered a luxury item, "cause there's nothing that you can give a person that's more loving than God's greatest creation other than man and that's what flowers are."

      I ndustry experts say fresh flowers account for 63 percent of Mother's Day gifts.

      King adds this is his busiest time of the year. His shop is usually closed on Sunday's but will be open tomorrow because of the holiday.